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Aly Raisman: What to Expect from Olympic Gold Medalist in 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Gold medalist Alexandra Raisman of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2012

Aly Raisman exceeded expectations at the 2012 London Olympics this summer, winning two golds and a bronze medal for the United States women's gymnastics team while becoming the first American female to win gold on the floor exercise. 

Raisman's brilliant routines stole the show for the Fab Five gymnasts and have her poised for a return to the spotlight in 2016.

Olympic fans can expect at least one more medal from Raisman before she calls her career quits. 

The 18-year-old will be 22 by the time the 2016 Games roll around in Brazil. But if she maintains the preparation and training that made her a champion in 2012, she'll be on her way to winning some more hardware in Rio de Janeiro. 

Raisman won gold in the floor exercise and the women's team final, proving to be one of the world's most versatile gymnasts along the way. Her grace, strength and consistency on each and every apparatus was apparent throughout the Games, and rewarded.

In 2016, she has a legitimate shot at making the US Olympic women's team once again, and will certainly be called upon as a floor exercise specialist at some point in Rio.

She's not too shabby on the balance beam either. Raisman won bronze on the beam in 2012, adding to her new legacy as a sensational all-around performer.

Although she is a long-shot to medal on the beam four years from now, her close call in the individual all-around competition, in which she finished fourth in 2012, signals that she will be an even more well-rounded gymnast by the time Rio arrives. 

While Gabby Douglas won individual all-around honors this summer, she failed to deliver in every other individual event final that she competed in, and indicated that the gap between herself and Raisman is incredibly narrow.

Raisman's superb showing at the 2012 Games will have her entering the 2016 Olympics in Rio with high expectations and multiple shots at adding to her trophy case. 

Expect Raisman's smile to return to the podium in four years.

 

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